Not Funnies, notes the NYT Sunday mag. Hey Ma! Comics aren’t just fa kids ennymore!

Comic books are what novels used to be — an accessible, vernacular form with mass appeal — and if the highbrows are right, they’re a form perfectly suited to our dumbed-down culture and collective attention deficit. Comics are also enjoying a renaissance and a newfound respectability right now. In fact, the fastest-growing section of your local bookstore these days is apt to be the one devoted to comics and so-called graphic novels.

The piece is a decent survey of the state of affairs, and exhibits familiarity with general critical consensus on the authors and artists profiled or discussed. I am not certain I can evaluate it more critically than that at the moment. Perhaps if I reread it this evening.

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